One in Four

I wish I could say that I didn’t know anyone who had been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused. Sadly that is not the case.  The statistics are alarming.

1 in 4 are affected. And when you know someone personally, the statistics become very real.  One of my brave friends from high school came forward. She and too many other women to count, came forward with charges of sexual assault by Bob Hewitt.  Hewitt, a former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion, was convicted on Monday March 23, 2015 in a South African court of rape and sexual assault decades after the alleged assaults.

Last week I listened to a compelling presentation by Kathleen Lynch, Mary Kay consultant in Methuen, Ma.  She shared this video about what the Mary Kay Foundation is doing to bring awareness and help for survivors.

Kathleen says,

“Mary Kay Ash established the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation in 1996 to raise funds for research into cancers that affected women. Four years later, the foundation added a second goal: to help eliminate violence against women. Since that time, over 54 million dollars have been distributed in support of these causes.

In 2012, the foundation (now called The Mary Kay Foundation) teamed up with Love is Respect, a 24-hour resource designed for teens and young adults. People with questions or concerns about relationships can text loveis to 22522 and get support. For more information, one can go to There are some powerful videos available for viewing.”

Love does not hurt.